Fall 2012; 3 credits
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The Media Arts internships provide communication arts majors the opportunity to learn through working for a semester at a media site in a field of special interest to the student. Generally students are assigned to a field placement for journalism, television or film production, cable, radio, theater, public relations, advertising, etc.
Overview and Requirements:
Students are required though to intern 120 hours (minimum) per semester; submit a 10-page paper (on a topic to be approved by the advisor); have their intern supervisor hand in an evaluation form; and provide the advisor with bi-weekly or weekly logs reflecting on the work of their internship. Students must also consult with their advisor periodically during the semester to discuss how the internship is progressing.
- To navigate working in a professional environment successfully.
- To gain professional experience in the media field.
- To produce a well-thought out, reflection paper on your internship experience that discusses your strengths and weaknesses as a job candidate
This course meets the NYSED requirements of at least 45 hours of class instruction and 90 hours of homework (reading, writing, editing, and/or research) as assigned in the syllabus.
- Regular attendance—Student must clock 120 hours.
- Active participation in the internship.
- The completion of a 3-5-page paper by the student.
- The internship supervisor must write an evaluation two weeks prior to the end of the semester.
- Bi-weekly or weekly logs sent to the advisor via email in a timely fashion.
- Student must meet with advisor at least three times over the course of the semester. Not regularly communicating with your advisor will adversely affect your grade.
Students will be evaluated on their completion of the course requirements. Logs are an important component of the course grade as are the final paper and the quality of the work at the internship site. Students should communicate with their faculty advisor on a regular basis. Failure to do so will affect the final grade.
A+=97 or higher
F= 64 and lower
Number of hours worked_________
Number of hours to date_________
Day Date What You Did
The Internship Experience Prototype Paper
- Site: Name
- History—Include philosophy, logos, mission statement using institutional documents and first-hand accounts where available. How well known is this philosophy to staff? How are new members brought on board?
- Structure—How are decisions made? How is business conducted?
- Comparable agencies—Describe and compare.
- II. The Workplace
- A typical workday
- Your job in the workplace.
- The 3 or 4 most important people you work with. How do they fit in with the corporate power structure? Where did your bosses receive their training? How were they hired into the organization?
- Working atmosphere
What works? What doesn’t?
- Include samples of your work over the course of the internship. I.e. press releases, letters, memos, newsletters, photos, articles, etc.
- III. Evaluation
- Discuss what you have learned about your strengths, your shortcomings and about the communication business.
- Evaluate the internship experience as a course within the CA program. Was this internship valuable in preparing you for a career? Explain.